CFHS code : HT261
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Memory of CHARLES ARNOLD d Feb 1st 1873 aged 49 also PENELOPE widow of the above and wife of THOMAS CAVE d Feb 6th 1895 aged 71
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This Ketton stone headstone with round top, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located near the south path, 15 yards east of the junction with the central path. It stands between the south path and the south boundary wall, the fourth headstone from the path (within a cluster of headstones to the Coulson and Tarrant families).
In memory of Charles Arnold
who died Feb 1st 1873 aged 49 years
The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord
Their strength in the time of trouble. [Psalm 37:39]
Also Penelope widow of the above
and wife of Thomas Cave
died Feb 6th 1895 aged 71 years
Blessed are the dead [who] die in the Lord. [Revelation 14:13]
Charles Arnold (c.1824‒1873) — see also Life Story page
According to some records, Charles was born on 10 February 1822 in Cambridge, his father being James Arnold, coach builder; but his birth year is elsewhere variously given between 1820 and 1826. Nothing is so far known of his childhood or schooling. For the parish of St Benedict in Cambridge, the 1841 census lists a household comprising John Garner, baker, his wife, four children, and four “servants” ‒ one female and three male of whom one is a Charles Arnold, aged 15. It is possible that Charles was serving his apprenticeship in the bakery business.
On 23 May 1847, Charles, “bachelor, baker, of Linton”, married Penelope Cream (signing herself “Crame”) aged 22, in Linton (village 12 miles southeast of Cambridge). The witness was her sister Mary Ann Crame. Charles had already made his first-class cricketing debut with the Cambridge Town Club in 1843, and was to pursue a career as a professional cricketer with that club and Cambridgeshire until 1857, and possibly as a cricket coach after that.
By 1851 the couple were living at 24 Melbourne Place, Cambridge (off Parkside); and by 1861 at 19 City Road (in the Kite area), and had Penelope’s 63-year-old widowed mother ‒ now named Rebecca Crame ‒ living with them. There is no mention of children. At the 1871 census Charles is recorded as living at 1 Abbey Street (in the New Street area of St Matthew’s, now entirely demolished), lodging at the home of Mary Johnson, laundress.
Charles died on 1 February 1873, aged 49, leaving effects of less that £100 to Penelope, his address at the time of death being cited in his probate document as 17 King Street (central Cambridge, house now demolished). He was buried in the parish area of Holy Trinity in Mill Road Cemetery on 6 February.
Penelope Cave (formerly Arnold; née Cream) (c.1825‒1895)
Penelope Cream (or Crame) was born in the village of Linton, near Cambridge, to parents David Cream, carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth. She was baptised there on 3 July 1825. Nothing more is yet known of her childhood.
Penelope married Charles Arnold, baker and professional cricketer, in Linton on 23 May 1847. By 1851 the couple were living at 24 Melbourne Place, Cambridge (off Parkside). By 1861 they were living at 19 City Road (in the Kite area), and had Penelope’s 63-year-old widowed mother ‒ now named Rebecca Crame ‒ living with them. They appear not to have had children. On the day the 1871 census was taken, they were registered at two separate addresses: Penelope at a training institution for domestic servants at 62 King Street (house now demolished), where she is described as “agent for Institution” alongside Maria Bouts, matron, and with eleven “pupils”; and Charles at 1 Abbey Street (in the New Street area), where he is lodging at the home of Mary Johnson, laundress.
Charles died, on 1 February 1873 leaving effects worth less than £100 to Penelope. In the probate document, Charles’s address at the time of his death is cited as 17 King Street (central Cambridge, house now demolished), and Penelope’s as King Street (thus ambiguous: 17 or 62).
Three years after Charles’s death, Penelope married Thomas Cave (c.1811‒1906) in Reading, Berkshire, on 8 November 1876. Thomas, Reading-born, was a bricklayer and plasterer. How the two met is unclear. Like Penelope, Thomas had been married before ‒ to Susan (who is recorded as his wife in the census reports for 1851, 1861 and 1871) ‒ and the couple appear to have had no children. In 1874 Thomas was living at New Road, Southern Hill, Whitley (a suburb of Reading). By 1881 Thomas and Penelope were living in Vecter Cottage, Whitley, with one servant (aged 13) and a lodger who was the curate of Christ Church, Whitley. Thomas and Penelope have not yet been traced in the 1891 census.
Penelope died on 6 February 1895, aged 64, and was buried with her first husband on 12 February. At the time of her death, she was living in Fulbourn Lunatic Asylum, near Cambridge ‒ for how long is unclear. By 1901, Thomas was living with his nephew Walter Francis Cave, cabinet maker, and wife Emily at 33 Christchurch Road, Reading. Thomas outlived Penelope by nine years, dying on 12 April 1906, aged 94, and was buried in Reading on 14 April.
England census reports 1841‒81, 1901
England Marriages 1538‒1973
England Deaths and Burials 1538‒1991
Billion Graves Index
Linton Parish Registers 1559‒1950
By Keith Rees and Ian Bent